Meet Ben Carson, the Cliff Clavin of American politics

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When Ben Carson, the most trusted person in American politics, tells us that the pyramids of ancient Egypt were actually built by Joseph to store grain from the biblical seven years of plenty, I guess we have no choice but to believe him.

So much for the archaeologists and their silly theory that the pyramids were built as monuments and tombs for pharaohs. So much for the fact that while elaborate tombs have been found beneath the pyramids, there is no evidence of grain storage. And so much for the translated hieroglyphics attributing the pyramids to the pharaohs who built them, with no mention of anybody who might pass for the biblical character of Joseph.

Since Carson has proclaimed it, as recently as yesterday, then it must be true. Even though Politifact has looked at 17 other statements by Carson and concluded that just three were half-true and the rest were simply wrong, Politifact must be wrong.

It’s an interesting case study, though. The pyramid fantasy is yet another example of Carson venturing WAY outside his field of expertise and offering opinions with little basis in fact or logic. (And yes, that describes pretty much his entire political campaign). But because Dr. Ben says these things in such a calm, matter-of-fact manner, and because he isn’t wearing an actual tin-foil hat at the moment, well, maybe it’s true then!

Maybe it’s true that armed with a few handguns and hunting rifles, German Jews could have beaten back a Wehrmacht that it took the combined forces of the United States, the Soviet Union and Great Britain to defeat in battle. Maybe it’s true that vaccines are often unnecessary or are used to treat minor illness. Maybe!

As we’ll no doubt see as this latest incident plays out, Carson continues to be the beneficiary of greatly reduced expectations. The thinking seems to be that “He’s an outsider, a neurosurgeon, so of course we can’t expect him to be an expert on foreign policy, history, economics or Egyptology!” All of that’s true, I suppose, but I’m a traditional kind of guy. Carson’s not just somebody at the end of the bar spouting off nonsense, like Cliff the Mailman on “Cheers.” He’s running for president of the United States, and at the moment is the GOP frontrunner.

Is it too much to ask to have a president who actually has a working knowledge of the issues? Is it too much to expect the prospective leader of the free world to know where his or her own expertise ends, and to accept what the educated people in a particular field have to say? Is it too much to expect that he sounds sane?

Maybe it is.

 

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Savdon
Savdon

Who did Nero blame for the burning of Rome?

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Cupofjoe And yet other than Larry David calling him racist, none of the actual skits have the world laughing.  But in the category of complete fiction without humor, Ben Carson is doing great. 

JamVet
JamVet

And having thus chosen our course without guile and with pure purpose let us renew our trust in God and go forward without fear and with manly hearts. - Abraham Lincoln 

JamVet
JamVet

Fake Christians hating on Jews, nothing much has changed in 700 years...

breckenridge
breckenridge

"Some people are running for office in an effort to turn the White House into a central headquarters for the deconstruction of religious freedom. We cannot let that happen. What is being called persecution in the United States is nothing more than courts finally applying the Constitution to religion in this land like it should have been doing a long time ago. What the religious right is calling religious freedom would have us measure the competency of candidates for the presidency by how they begin their morning and whether or not they begin their morning kneeling, praying."  Pastor C Weldon Gaddy, 11-6-2015

Good call buddy.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

'I think it's fairly obvious that the Great Wall of China was no such thing, but a giant stone Hot Wheels track that King Solomon built for his nephew.'

Menace
Menace

@td1234  Not even close to being funny.  Rather despicable.  Are you jealous because your cousin turned you down?

Kamchak
Kamchak

Critics Agree: Donald Trump Bombed And Was A Disaster As Host Of SNL

Critics Agree: Donald Trump Bombed And Was A Disaster As Host Of SNL  

The reviews of Donald Trump hosting SNL are in, and they are not good for the Republican presidential candidate, or the show.

[...]

It turns out that Donald Trump isn’t good at politics or comedy. Egomaniacal racism and bigotry are not funny. Donald Trump is a mainstream media creation, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the ultimate mainstream network show would pander to the billionaire.

Trump bombed and took SNL down with him.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@JamVet 

...or a really crappy reality show.

Republican Island

Who is the next to be voted off and sent to RINOville?

Who will be the last true conservative standing....

td1234
td1234

@Kamchak "Critics" Code word for progressives. Hahahahaha. 

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@Kamchak Highest rated episode since 2012. Yea... he bombed. If only SNL could bomb like that every weekend.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Can Witchie-poo ever stop speaking for others?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Philo_Farnsworth 

Subscription for over 50 years.

Seven days a week and not some half-@$$ed weekend only bull spit.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

But how many more times do we have to endure yellow mushroom cakes, Muslim yoga mat posts and such?

*sigh*

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Philo_Farnsworth 

Such a saddy saddy sad sack, but cheer up little buckaroo, Cthulhumas is almost upon us.

honested
honested

Let's see what is ben-carson doing this evening:

Turning water into wine?

Neutralizing kryptonite?

Pursuing peace in the Middle East?


Or sitting in the corner making up excuses for the latest lies?

JamVet
JamVet

@honested Ben, the walking mannequin? At least a mannequin is not an empty suit. 

honested
honested

@Philo_Farnsworth 

Dinner time.

Did you think you were the most important consideration for intelligent people?

td1234
td1234

@honested Oxymoron. Intelligent progressives. No such thing exist. LOL

td1234
td1234

"With Donald Trump hosting, Saturday Night Live jumped to its biggest overnight rating since 2012. 

According to NBC, SNL had a whopping 6.6 household rating on Saturday night, easily beating the season’s previous high: the 41st season premiere last month, hosted by Miley Cyrus and with a guest appearance by none other than … Hillary Clinton. In fact, Trump’s overnight rating was 47 percent higher than the Miley/Hillary episode. 

The previous high was held by an episode that aired Jan. 7, 2012, hosted by Charles Barkley with musical guest Kelly Clarkson."


http://www.ew.com/article/2015/11/08/donald-trump-snl-ratings

td1234
td1234

@honested Not to all the "drunk uncles" and they outnumber socialist 2 to 1 in this country. LOL

KUTGF
KUTGF

@td1234

Even with regard to ratings, SNL failed to achieve much of a victory. The program did not break any records. It did exceed their other programs over the past three years (not a long time frame for a show that’s been on the air for more than forty years), but fell below such non-talents as Sarah Palin and Charles Barkley. And the reviews for Trump were decidedly unflattering to say the least. Here’s a short sampling of the damage:

  • New York Times: “S.N.L.” stuck with obvious, anemic political riffs and apolitical sketches that were cringeworthy all around.
  • Los Angeles Times: “SNL” seemed so bent on appearing nonpartisan that it over-compensated and forgot its actual mandate: Be funny.
  • The Wrap: In its 41st season, the show would rather play along with the wealthy and powerful than satirize them.
  • Yahoo TV: Host Donald Trump kicked off this week’s Saturday Night Live with an opening monologue that demonstrated all the reasons it wasn’t a good idea for him to host SNL. […] The only entity that came off worse than Donald Trump was SNL.
  • Variety: Most of the sketches involving Trump were weak, timid or predictable.
  • Time: His episode of SNL was among the most anodyne in the show’s recent history.
  • Washington Post: Trump’s sorry night on ‘SNL’: An overhyped bummer for us all.
  • Townhall: Trump on SNL Was Dull, Unfunny.
  • Greg Gutfeld, Fox News: They deliberately wrote nothing, as a protest. It’s like a restaurant cook spitting on someone’s food.

The last two in this list were specifically included to show that it isn’t just the “liberal” media ganging up The Donald. Gutfeld’s paranoid observation that there was a conspiracy by the writers to tank Trump is especially ludicrous. Why would they do so knowing that it would make them look just as atrocious as their star?

TBS
TBS

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Your mealy mouth is running... As usual

Just back up your assertion and I will offer you an apology and say you were not bearing false witness

You can substantiate it, yes?

You take care buddy

Now bow up that bird chest and deflect all night if you like... Don't break your beak with all that flapping

You have a great night

KUTGF
KUTGF

@TBS oh that is going to get you a "capice".  remember collect them all and trade them with friends.

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

Just curious, but do you have any idea what the difference is between a guess and a lie?

Didn't think so. Go hump somebody else's leg, child.